Parting Ways at The Intersection

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | April 28, 2011 9:12 am

I’ve been blogging since 2006: First at The Nexus followed by four years at The Intersection with Chris. My writing has evolved tremendously since then, and in many ways, so have I.  Now I’m about to begin a new chapter..

I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be writing the monthly science column for Bloomberg View. This is the upcoming opinion page from Bloomberg News, led by David Shipley and James Rubin.

I’m equally delighted to announce I’ve joined Wired Science Blogs. My blog will launch in a couple of weeks, so for now I’ll say I’m very excited about the theme. (In the mean time, watch for clues coming via Twitter). Of course, since blogs exist in virtual space, I’m not really going anywhere and will just be a different hyperlink away.

It’s been incredible to share the terrific Discover network with so many esteemed colleagues and friends since 2009! Special thanks to Amos, Eliza, Ed, Phil, Razib, Carl, Henry, Corey, and of course, Chris for all of your support.  I also appreciate the warm welcome at both Wired Science and Bloomberg where I’m honored to be joining two new families of talented writers.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Announcements, Culture, Personal, Updates

Comments (28)

  1. Sheril,
    Thank you for allowing us to stay connected to some really important work through your time here and your collaborations in print with Chris and others. I’m looking forward to adding you new “Addresses” to my blog-roll!

  2. Sheril, it’s been a pleasure. Feels somehow sad to lose you from the Hivemind but, as you say, you are a mere click away. Best of luck with the new gig and let me know if I can help to promote it.

  3. Congratulations, Sheril – looking forward to more great writing from you…

  4. You say goodbye, and I say hello.

  5. Sorry to see you go, Sheril. It’s been fun having you around. But I’m glad to see you staying in the thick of blogging! We need as many voices out there as we can get.

  6. Jon

    Congratulations! You will be missed here.

  7. Chris Mooney

    End of an era! But we’ve learned a lot from each other here, I think, and it has been a great four years. My best

  8. Jon

    And keep up the good work!

  9. Congratulations, Sheril!!

  10. Congratulations, Sheril! Whatever the venue, I know your unique voice will win you many new readers. Can’t wait to add your new blog to my feed!

  11. Good luck, Sheril! Have fun at the new gig.

  12. Congratulations, Sheril! Will miss “seeing you” on The Intersection, but excited to see your new blog once it launches.

  13. Congratulations! Looking forward to adding the new blog to my feed!

  14. Thank you all for these kind words. I’m looking forward to getting started.

  15. Linda

    New horizons for a very talented young woman. I look forward to following your writings and ideas in the near future.

  16. congratulations! i’m excited four u.

  17. David Dobbs

    Look forward to having you with us over at Wired, Sheril. Say hello to our amigos there on the way out.

  18. Brian Too

    Good luck and keep thinking!

  19. Glad you’re merely moving and not getting out of the game! We need more great role models like you. See you in your new space. :-)

  20. Congratulations, Sheril. But I’ll bet you a beer that somewhere in your first ten posts, a comment troll will address you as “Chris”.

  21. TB

    Congratulations Sheril!

  22. Gaythia

    Obviously I’m not the only one who is excited for you, and for ourselves, as we await your voice on these new venues. Keep growing, keep up your brave advocacy for science and for women in science. Congratulations for what you’ve achieved so far and best wishes for further success!


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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